Dundee Connection, Part II

I received the following correspondence from Sandy Forbes of Dundee, Scotland, on Monday. As I wrote on an earlier blog post, Mr. Forbes is planning a visit to Dundee, Minnesota, to establish a connection of sorts between communities. "Thanks for including me on your blog! Fame at last. Interestingly, there is a Kinbrae house right…
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Wrestlemania

It happened roughly 30 years ago now, but its memory has haunted me ever since. Not every day, of course – but still, it’s hard to get the recollection of getting pinned in front a throng of my peers out of my mind. It was seventh grade, after all, and seventh-grade boys aren’t supposed to be big-time wimps.…
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A New Look?

My 4-year-old daughter, Grace, wants to see a couple of key changes in the Globe. On Wednesday, my daughter was delighted at the front-page photo of four geese crossing the street near Sailboard Beach. As a huge fan of the Robert McCloskey children’s book "Make Way for Ducklings" – she asks to read it practically…
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Dundee Connection

Last week, I got an early morning call from far, far away – Scotland, specifically – and after a roughly 20-minute conversation am looking forward to publishing what should be an intriguing story. The caller, who identified himself as Sandy Forbes, said he lived in the Scottish city of Dundee. He told me he had…
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The End Of The Story

I wasn’t quite 10 years old when I became an avid radio listener. And — to no great surprise to people who know me well — it was baseball that got me hooked. During the summer of 1977, my dad took my brother and me to southern California for July and August while he worked on…
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